The holistic dermatology consultation determines what is unique about you. What inner imbalances led to lesions expressing on your skin? What other symptoms do you have? What kind of work do you do? What is your emotional state and how do you respond to stress?
Our herbalist, Antonia Balfour, also looks closely at your skin and takes photos in order to inspect details, record the status of the skin and assess progress. She will feel your pulse and look at your tongue as both give important information about your constitution in Chinese medicine. Once she identifies the areas of imbalance, she puts together custom herbal formulas and recommends the best topical treatment (which may come in the form of an herb wash, cream, ointment, masque or gel). She also recommends beneficial foods as well as foods to avoid.
Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the condition, the length of time it’s been active, and the age and overall health of the patient. Some conditions clear up in as quickly as a week. Severe, long-term conditions may take four months or more to fully resolve.
Herbal formulas need to be changed as the condition evolves. Sometimes only one consultation is necessary and, after one batch of herbs, the skin is healed. Severe cases take longer to resolve, with ongoing changes to the herbs prescribed. As an example, a patient with a severe case of psoriasis may come in for the initial consultation, then two to three weeks later return for a follow up and new herbs. After that there will ongoing consultations every 3 to 4 weeks – with new herbs given each time. Topical treatment with ointments and creams may also change over time.
Send us an e-mail and we’ll work out the best way to help you. We do provide long-distance consultations. The patient supplies high quality photos of the skin taken with good lighting and detail, and the consultation itself is conducted via Skype or by phone. Still, it’s always best to be seen by an herbalist in person whenever possible and we also have a network of dermatology specialists around the country as well as in Canada, Europe and Australia.
Herbal therapy is given for a limited amount of time. Once the skin has healed and the body has stabilized, treatment is complete.
Generally Chinese herbs are the mainstay of treatment and acupuncture is not necessary. But in a condition where there is pain (like shingles, for example) acupuncture is highly recommended. Some patients choose to have regular acupuncture alongside herbal therapy for the overall health and relaxation benefits.
Organic facials are a great complement to herbal therapy for conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Time
Sat from 10:00am – 2:00pm Pacific Time
You may schedule your Yin Yang Dermatology appointment using our online booking feature. Select the service you wish to book, then choose an available date from the calendar shown and select your desired time. We will confirm your booking by email.
If you have questions about how holistic medicine can help your skin condition, our herbalist Antonia Balfour will be happy to answer them for you.